SAN FRANCISCO (U.S. Department of Interior – Bureau of Island Affairs) – A United States government team led by the President’s Special Envoy for Compact Negotiations, Ambassador Joseph Yun, met this week in San Francisco with a team from the Federated States of Micronesia led by Chief Negotiator Leo A. Falcam Jr., to continue negotiations on economic assistance, federal programs and other matters related to the Compact of Free Association, as amended, and subsidiary agreements between the United States and the WSF.
“The candid and quality discussions we shared with the Federated States of Micronesia team assure me that the special and unique bonds between our two nations endure,” said the President’s Special Envoy for the Compact Negotiations, Ambassador Joseph Yun. “America’s priority remains to complete our mutually beneficial and satisfying negotiations as quickly as possible.”
“Our WSF team remains grateful for our continued collaboration with our US partners, and I am encouraged by the open and frank nature of our discussions. Although there is still much work to be done in our deliberations, I am confident that our common interests and objectives will enable us to reach a mutually beneficial agreement that reflects our unique and special relationship,” said WSF Chief Negotiator Leo A. Falcam Jr.
“Our bilateral discussions, both at the formal and technical level, continue to progress and move forward and we remain optimistic and hopeful that we can complete significant parts of the negotiations by this fall,” the ministry’s deputy undersecretary said. of the Interior for island and international affairs. Keone Nakoa cases.
This was the third US-WSF bilateral meeting under the Biden-Harris administration to discuss the Compact of Free Association, as amended, and related subsidiary agreements between the US and WSF. The Compact of Free Association, as amended, is key to the important and ongoing relationship between the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia.
The WSF team, led by Chief Leo A. Falcam Jr., included Asterio R. Takesy, Chairman of the Joint Compact Review and Planning Committee and JCRP members, WSF Congress Vice President Esmond B. Moses, WFTU Senator Aren B. Palik, WFTU Ambassador to the United States Akillino H. Susaia, and Gerson Jackson. FSM Secretary of Finance and Administration, Eugene Amor, and JCRP advisers and staff were also present.
The United States team, led by the President’s Special Envoy, Ambassador Joseph Yun, included United States Ambassador to the FSM Carmen G. Cantor, Ambassador Karen B. Stewart, staff of the Department of State, Department of Defense personnel, and a team from the Department of the Interior. by Assistant Under-Secretary Keone Nakoa, exercising the delegated authority of the Under-Secretary for Island and International Affairs.
Both parties plan to continue technical work and discussions ahead of the next formal round of negotiations which is expected to begin no later than August 2022, at a location to be determined.
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